June 21, 2014

Leading Indigenous contemporary artists featured in new series of art+soul

Curator Hetti Perkins shares her knowledge of and passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in a major three-part television series, art+soul, screening on ABC1 during NAIDOC week - Tuesday 8.30pm on July 8, 15 and 22.

Based around three key themes - Pride and Prejudice, Beauty and Cruelty, Love and Longing - the second series of art+soul explores how artists make sense of their history and considers how art is both political and a source of healing. For many artists, acknowledging the difficult stories that stem from colonisation lies at the heart of their life and work. The series examines the role and responsibilities artists have in setting the record straight and the relationship between the maintenance of tradition and innovation. Through this, Perkins weaves her own family story as the daughter of leading activist Charles Perkins.

Throughout the art+soul series we meet some of Australia's leading contemporary artists including Daniel Boyd, Julie Gough, Lola Greeno, Wanyubi Marika, Vernon Ah Kee, Christian Thompson, Brian Robinson, Jonathan Jones and Warwick Thornton.

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